Thursday, February 29, 2024

Quantum Leap Year

With this being a Leap Year, time to celebrate Superman's birthday (which is February 29th)...but, want to also celebrate Quantum Leap, a show about Sam Beckett, who leaps into people who need help with the help of his hologram, Al Calavicci.

If only there was a way to do both....Great Krypton (or Oh, Boy!), there is!

In a story by Terry Collins and Rob Davis (with cover by C.W. Taylor) for Innovation's Quantum Leap #5 (May, 1992), Sam leaps into a mild mannered reporter (though Henry "Hank" Briscoe, not Clark Kent), who has to help a young girl become a scientist to help found his own time travel project!

The Quantum Leap comic lasted for 13 issues (and one Special Edition, from September, 1991 to August, 1993) in the 1990s, but disappeared as Innovation went out of business (as neither Superman nor Sam could save that company).

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Celebrating Artist Andy Kubert

Celebrating artist Andy Kubert on his birthday (February 27, 1962) with his covers from the DC series Flashpoint...

...a major reality change in the life of Barry Allen (the Flash) orchestrated by his enemy, the Reverse Flash!

Flashpoint #1 Special Edition (September, 2011)


Flashpoint #1 and #1 (Canadian Expo exclusive) (July and October, 2011)


Flashpoint #2 and #3 (August and September, 2011)


Flashpoint #4 and #5 (Early and Late October, 2011)


Saturday, February 24, 2024

Celebrating Artist Greg LaRocque

Celebrating artist Greg LaRocque on his birthday (February 24, 1954) with an origin story...

...the covers for Flash: Year One featuring Wally West's earliest outings as Kid Flash (who, at that time, wore a costume similar to his mentor, the Flash).


Flash #62 and #63 (Early May and Late May, 1992)


Flash #64 and #65 (Early June and Late June, 1992)


Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Celebrating Artist Frank Brunner


Celebrating fantasy artist Frank Brunner on his birthday (February 21, 1949) in savage style....

....with his three covers for Red Sonja in the 1970s!

Red Sonja #12 and #13 (November, 1978 and January, 1979)


Red Sonja #14 (March, 1979)


Sunday, February 18, 2024

Happy Pluto Day

Today is Pluto Day, celebrating the discovery of the planet Pluto by astronomer Clyde Tombaugh.

But, since it was decided in 2006 that Pluto wasn't a planet, here, we celebrate Mickey Mouse's dog, with these lovable covers to Four Color comics from Dell featuring the crafty canine.

Four Color #429 and #509 (October, 1952 and October 1953)


Four Color #595 and #654 (October, 1954 and October, 1955)


Four Color #736 and #853 (October, 1956 and October, 1957)


Four Color #941 and #1039 (October, 1958 and October, 1959)


Four Color #1439 (November, 1960 -- January, 1961)


Saturday, February 17, 2024

Celebrating Artist Curt Swan

Remembering artist Curt Swan on his birthday (February 17, 1920 - June 17, 1996) with these 1970s Batman covers to Batman #223 (July-August, 1970) and Batman #228 (January-February, 1971).

By the 1970s, Curt was more famous for drawing the Man of Steel, yet he did have a bit of history with Batman.

Back in the 1950s, Curt drew Batman, such as on these covers to Batman #120 (December, 1958) and Batman #122 (March, 1959).

Of course, later, in the 1960s, Curt drew Batman with his Worlds' Finest teammate for a while, including covers with Batman villains Clayface and Joker (as well as Brainiac and Bizarro), for World's Finest Comics #144 (September, 1966) and World's Finest Comics #156 (March, 1966).

If you need to see Curt drawing the Caped Kryptonian, check here!

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Valentine's Day With Superman And Wonder Woman

One of the odd things about DC's New 52 is that they went places fans thought of but weren't usually explored in regular comics a Superman and Wonder Woman romance with Young Romance: The New 52 Valentine's Day Special #1 from April, 2013, with a cover by Kenneth Rocafort.

Now, Superman and Wonder Woman did have some team-up issues, and even approached this in an Action Comics Anniversary issue, but not like the New 52.

Sunday, February 11, 2024

First Football Romance


A long time ago, Harvey Comics put out romance comics, with First Romance being one of them, which lasted for 52 issues from August 1949 to November 1958.

Here, in First Romance #20 (February, 1953) with a cover likely by Al Avison, is the love triangle of Carol Emrick, Phil Taine and Roger Mayo, as these college students fell in love, first Carol and Roger, then Carol and Phil....but, when Carol finds out Phil cheated on her, she went back to Roger.

Friday, February 9, 2024

National Pizza Pie Day 2024

Go out and have a slice of pizza today, as it is National Pizza Pie Day, but, be careful that you don't have pizza ninja Archie doing the Jughead and Betty shown on this cover for Life With Archie #282 (January, 1991) by Stan Goldberg and Rudy Lapick.

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

A Pair Of Girls' Romances

"We'll Never Meet Again" was the title for the two part story in two issues of Girls' Romances (#127 and #128 from September and October, 1967)...

... by Jay Scott Pike (the creator of Dolphin).

In this special two part story, we meet Nurse Pat Tobin, who cares for wounded soldiers.  Pat seems to do too good a job, as she earns the ire of Captain Bill Mitchell, who accuses her of coddling his men. Later on leave in Japan, the two meet and fall in love.

But, as the second part of the story unfolds, Bill is sent into action and goes missing...with Pat left to wait on his return.

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Remembering Artist Rich Buckler

Remembering Detroit born artist, Rich Buckler on his birthday (February 6, 1949 to May 19, 2017).  Buckler was a fine cover artist for DC in the these issues of Karate Kid (30th Century member of the Legion of Super-Heroes, at the time, working his way through time, fighting Major Disaster and the Lord of Time, while meeting Superboy and the Legion, Robin and Kamandi!).

Karate Kid #12 and #13 (January-February and March-April, 1978)


Karate Kid #14 and #15 (May-June and July-August, 1978)


Monday, February 5, 2024

Celebrating Artist Val Semeiks

Celebrating artist Val Semeiks on his birthday (February 5, 1955) with a look at an all too infrequent cover art appearance...the 7 issue mini-series, JLA: Incarnations....a post-Crisis, post-Hawkworld look back at the long history of the Justice League of America, with meetings with the JSA, Batman joining the League, the Satellite era, the problems that broke up the JLA, the Motor City years, the transformation into the Justice League International and the return of the "Big 7" JLA!

JLA: Incarnations #1 and #2 (July and August, 2001)


JLA: Incarnations #3 and #4 (September and October, 2001)


JLA: Incarnations #5 and #6 (November and December, 2001)


JLA: Incarnations #7 (February, 2002)